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The Ultimate Safety Gear Guide For Stud Welders

by Toni Richards

Stud welding involves securing studs to other pieces of metal. It's an important process, but it can also be dangerous if you're not careful. To maximize your protection when stud welding various materials, you'll want to keep this guide in mind. 

Helmet 

Perhaps the most important stud welding product you'll need when stud welding is a welding helmet. Not only does it shield your eyes from sparks that fly up, but it safeguards them from harmful UV light. There are many different welding helmets you can purchase today.

In terms of function, consider wearing one made of nylon. This materials is durable, but more importantly, lightweight. It thus doesn't affect your head movement as much. You also might look specifically for auto-darkening welding helmets. As soon as you start welding, the lens immediately darkens to protect your eyes from any exposure to UV light.  

Clothing 

While you're stud welding, sparks can move in all sorts of directions. As such, you need to protect your entire body -- which you can do when you wear the appropriate welding attire. Start with a full-sleeve shirt. This way, your arms will be fully protected. You can't just wear any shirt, though. It needs to be fireproof so that it's not prone to catching on fire.

As far as pants, try to stay away from synthetic materials. They are not that durable and can easily catch fire during a weld. Instead, choose pants made from leather. This material is thick and provides your legs with maximum protection.

Gloves

Your stud welding outfit isn't complete until you purchase a set of welding gloves. After all, welding is an extremely hot activity. One wrong move could result in severe burns if you don't wear the appropriate gloves.

Like welding pants, you want your gloves to feature thick leather. So no matter what sparks or materials come in your direction, your hands won't suffer burns or cuts. It's also a good idea to choose welding gloves with a cloth lining. You may be welding for hours, and this lining helps keep your hands comfortable and warm in colder temperatures.

There are so many projects you can complete thanks to stud welding. In order to stay safe throughout your welds, though, you need to wear the appropriate gear. Make sure your body is fully protected and don't buy cheap. Your safety and health are on the life, after all. 

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